Tag: Daniel Thomas

Lifeless Dolphins should be embarrassed after 19-0 loss to Bills

 

We all saw this coming, didn’t we Dolphins fans?  I know I did and you can check my Twitter timeline if you don’t believe me.  I hoped this Dolphins team was different.  I hoped that this Dolphins team would avoid a big let down after a big win.  But this Dolphins team looked just like every other Dolphins team we’ve watched for the last 10 years (except for 2008).   The Dolphins, riding a 3 game winning streak and coming off of a huge win over the Patriots, with their playoff lives on the line, came out lifeless against the Bills on Sunday.  In fact, if they hadn’t come out to the stadium at all, they would’ve scored the exact same number of points.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

To call this loss a disappointment is a disservice to previous disappointing losses.  The Dolphins, as they usually do, got all of our hopes up, controlled their playoff lives for 1 week…..and then proceed to take a crap on our hopes and dreams.  Happy Holidays folks!  The Dolphins offensive line, which has looked good for the last few weeks, blocked as well as a roll of toilet paper would block a scud missile.  The Dolphins running game?  They were only going up against the 23rd ranked defense in the league.  They totaled 14 yards on 12 carries.   I’ve run further trying to elude a bumble bee.

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Dolphins Gameplan: Just win baby, WIN!!!

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The game plan for this Sunday’s game is: Just win, baby, win!

Style points do not matter, just the fact that this is the toughest remaining obstacle between the Dolphins and their first playoff appearance in five years.  It would be a big step towards clinching a playoff berth and place the team on the verge of a 10 win season, the baseline number for elite teams, in my opinion.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins. com

With the current hot streak, I am a firm believer that your Miami Dolphins are an elite team and a Super Bowl contender.  I have voiced an almost undying faith in the 2013 Dolphins that has made me sound like an irrational homer, but I never picked against the Dolphins all season and they only made me look like a fool once, against the New Orleans Saints, when they lost their first game of the season and got into a tail spin that was equal parts bad luck, bad performance and bad coaching.

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Stayin Alive: Dolphins’ comeback in the snow to beat the Steelers

The Miami Dolphins entered Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh with their playoff lives on the line.  The Dolphins were welcomed in by a snowstorm and a Steelers team that had been playing better than than their 5-7 record.  The Dolphins fell behind 7-0 early, but would rebound to take a 10-7 lead into halftime.  Ryan Tannehill was playing his first game in the snow and it showed in the first half.  He missed badly on a few passes and the offense looked out of sync.  However, the Dolphins came out of halftime strong and would take a 17-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

And then, things got ugly.  The Steelers drove down the field and capped off by a 43 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.  On the very next series, with the game 17-14, Ryan Tannehill threw a pick-6 to Troy Polamalu.  That gave the Steelers a 21-17 lead and it looked like this game was going in the direction of so many games this season.  But the Dolphins responded immediately.  They drove the field and with some big catches by Charles Clay and solid runs by Daniel Thomas (yes, Daniel Thomas), the Dolphins capped off their TD drive with a beautiful catch by Brian Hartline, tip-toeing in the end zone.

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Could CFL MVP Kory Sheets return to the Dolphins?

By Cyrus (@cyruslassus)

The Canadian Football League has already given the Miami Dolphins Cameron Wake and now, with Daniel Thomas out for the year, it could provide the team with another star player.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Two years ago the Miami Dolphins released running back Kory Sheets and in that time he has rushed for 2,833 yards, at 5.6 yards per carry,  added 783 receiving yards at 9.2 yards per catch, and scored 25 touchdowns.  Just yesterday, he won the Grey Cup thanks to a record breaking 197 yard and 2 touchdown performance that earned him the MVP trophy.
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Dolphins show no heart in embarrassing loss to winless Bucs

 

Dolphins fans, we’ve had our share of low points over the last decade, haven’t we?  And yet, every time we reach a new low, the Miami Dolphins somehow find a way to fall even further.  I’m hesitant to say that we’ve officially reached rock bottom.  Because, who knows?  If you are a Dolphins fan that has full faith that the team will turn things around, you might not want to continue reading much more.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins had a chaotic week following the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation.  Many, like me, thought that they would be galvanized and come out against the 0-8 Buccaneers and play angry.  Well, they didn’t.  In fact, they fell behind 15-0 in the first half.   Ryan Tannehill did manage to lead the Dolphins down the field before the half, completing 8 of 8 and capping it off with a touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews to cut the deficit to 15-7.

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Dolphins season on the brink after 2nd half meltdown versus Patriots

The Miami Dolphins last won a football game on September 22nd.  For you math wizards out there, that was 36 days ago.  After a great start on Sunday in Foxboro, the Dolphins faltered and found every possible way to blow a 2 touchdown lead at halftime.  The 27-17 loss to the Patriots dropped the Dolphins to 3-4 on the season after starting the season 3-0.  It also means that they are falling quickly in the wrong direction in the AFC standings.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

I was flying back from China on Sunday, so I missed the game and watched it on my DVR when I got home.  Funny, while I was walking through the airport, I had an odd thought “What if the Dolphins got out to a 14-0 lead on the Patriots?”  I’m not making this up.  With no knowledge of the game, I had that thought.  I then thought to myself that I wouldn’t feel comfortable, even with that type of an early lead.  Why?  Because: Dolphins.

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins pull off a big upset against the Patriots?

The Miami Dolphins losing streak may be at 3 games, but our Pitiful Picks are making a comeback!  We were 10-14 entering last week’s games and after a 4-1 week, we’re now just a game under .500 at 14-15.  This is the week where we break back on top….hopefully the Dolphins can do the same.  The Dolphins have lost 3 straight games and are in desperate need of win as they head to Foxboro this afternoon.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Here are our picks for week 8 of the NFL, GOOD LUCK!

Jets +6 over Bengals

When this game first came out, I thought it would be a 4 point spread.  With the 6 points, it’s hard not to like the Jets in this one.  I hate the Jets in general, but for this game, I’ll pick them with the points.  The Bengals are playing well of late, but the Jets defense is playing better than anyone thought they would this season.  As long as Geno Smith doesn’t turn the ball over all day, this should be a close one.  Prediction:  Bengals 24 Jets 20

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The Dolphins road to the playoffs goes through New England

The Miami Dolphins are going the wrong way.  Three straight losses heading into New England have turned this pivotal matchup into, potentially, the tipping point of the season.   In spite of the recent results, I view this team as a playoff, division and first-round bye contender.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Consider this, back-to-back wins against New England and Cincinnati would give these Dolphins a head-to-head advantage over the top 3 contenders for the second seed in the East at the midway point of the season.  Unfortunately, a win at New England has not come since 2008.

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Blame goes all around in Dolphins embarrassing loss to the Bills 23-21

The Miami Dolphins had 2 weeks to prepare for the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins coaches talked at length about making adjustments, changing things schematically, and getting their players healed up during the bye week. That’s right, the Dolphins had 2 full weeks to prepare to face the 2-4 Bills. The Dolphins had 2 weeks to sit at home and figure out how to pass protect and run the football more effectively. The Dolphins talked a lot about how they couldn’t wait to play a division rival. And yet, with 2 weeks to prepare for a sub-par opponent, at home, the Dolphins still managed to play down to the Bills level. And the sad part is, the Dolphins might not have played down to the Bills level….it might just be the Dolphins level.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins fell into a 14-0 hole after Ryan Tannehill threw a pick-6 on the Dolphins opening drive and then the Bills walked down the field and scored a follow up touchdown. The Dolphins would battle back though, limiting the halftime deficit to 17-14. It was 17-7, but Tannehill and the boys marched down the field and put the ball in the end zone when they needed it badly. After the half, the Dolphins defense stepped up and would limit the Bills to only 2 field goals. The offense, however shied away from the running game that had been working all day (4.8 yards per carry).

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Dolphins show they’re NOT ready for prime time in blowout loss to Saints

It’s okay Dolphins fans…I know you’re tired because you were up late last night watching that horror show of a football game.  Actually, some of you might have been smart enough to go to bed at halftime!   I know how you feel right now because I feel that way too.  The Dolphins were 3-0 and riding high.  Then the Saints grabbed them and punched them in the face.  Repeatedly.  With a rusty hammer.  A lot.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins first mistake of the night was deferring after winning the coin toss.  That meant Drew Brees and the offense would take the field immediately and probably score, putting the Dolphins behind early.  What do you know?  The Saints drove the field and took a 7-0 lead before I could pry that pesky cap off of my 1st Landshark of the evening.  The Dolphins responded and drove the ball down the field.  BUT, when faced with a 3rd and an inch (literally…an inch), the Dolphins chose to run a toss to….wait for it…….Daniel Thomas.  He lost 2 yards and the Dolphins settled for a field goal.

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